American Cities Rebuilding Broadcast Special Airs Wednesday, November 11 at 8 p.m. on NJTV


A one-hour American Cities Rebuilding television special airs Wednesday, November 11 at 8 p.m. on NJTV (check local listings) featuring highlights from the public television virtual conference event. 

In October, The WNET Group, NJTV and NJ Spotlight News presented a virtual conference to tackle the tough issues facing today’s U.S. cities in the wake of COVID-19 and social justice issues: American Cities Rebuilding. This three-day event utilized broadcast, digital and virtual tools to convene nationally-recognized experts who shared ideas from Newark, NJ, and beyond on how our cities can address their economy, healthcare, education and more through the lens of current conditions and how cities may emerge as resilient and thriving ecosystems.

American Cities Rebuilding is a shining example of the power of public media,” said WNET President and CEO Neal Shapiro. “No other outlet can present more in-depth, engaging public affairs discussion in such a high-profile way. We look forward to connecting dynamic voices from around the country in powerful discussion about critical issues facing our communities and our country.”

Participants included:

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, Director, Rhode Island Department of Health; Kemi Alli, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Henry J. Austin Health Center; Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Anchor, CNN and Host, Amanpour & Company; Erika Anthony, Executive Director, Ohio Transformation Fund;  Hon. Ras Baraka, Mayor, City of Newark, NJ; Joanna Belcher, Executive Director, KIPP Newark; Richard E. Besser, MD, President & CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;  Hon. Cory Booker, U.S. Senator (NJ); Jeffrey Brenner, MD, Founder, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers; Thasunda Brown Duckett, CEO, Chase Consumer Banking; Karen Cator, President & CEO, Digital Promise; Alfa Demmellash, CEO/Co-founder, Rising Tide Capital; Shereef Elnahal, MD, President & CEO, University Hospital; Crissy Fanganello, Director, Smart Mobility, Panasonic Corporation of North America; Jenna Flanagan, Host, MetroFocus; Jack Ford, Host, MetroFocus & Correspondent 60 Minutes Sports; Laura Fox, General Manager, Citi Bike, at Lyft Bikes and Scooters; Patrick J. Foye, Chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Aisha Glover, Vice President of Urban Innovation, Global Center for Urban Development, Audible; Darnell Grisby, Director, Policy Development and Research, American Public Transportation Association; Arlan Hamilton, Founder + Managing Partner, Backstage Capital; Michael Hill, Correspondent, NJ Spotlight News; Jonathan Holloway, President, Rutgers University; Don Katz, Founder and Executive Chairman, Audible; Joel Katz, Documentary Filmmaker; and, Media Arts Professor, NJ City University; James King, Managing Director, Harlem Stage; David Kroman, Staff Reporter, Crosscut; Maria Lopez-Nuñez, Deputy Director, Organizing and Advocacy, Ironbound Community Corporation; Nnenna Lynch, Founder & CEO, Xylem Projects; Evan Marwell, Founder and CEO, EducationSuperHighway; John Mooney, Founding Editor, NJ Spotlight; Tara Moss, Seattle-King County LEAD Project Director, Public Defender Association; Hon. Jorge O. Elorza, Mayor, City of Providence, RI; Lata N. Reddy, Senior Vice President, Inclusive Solutions, Prudential Financial and, Chair, The Prudential Foundation; Neal Shapiro, President & CEO, WNET; Hari Sreenivasan, Anchor, PBS NewsHour Weekend; Lilo H. Stainton, Health Care Writer, NJ Spotlight News; Norm Stamper, former Chief of Police, Seattle, and Author, How to Fix America’s Police; Ebony Thomas, SVP of ESG; Racial Equality and Economic Opportunity Executive, Bank of America; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; Roy Weathers, PwC Vice Chair & Societal Engagement and Solutions Leader; Mary Alice Williams, former Anchor, NJTV News and former Co-Anchor, NBC Weekend Today.

American Cities Rebuilding is a collaboration between NJ Spotlight News, the news division of NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, and WNET, the nation’s flagship public media organization.

Major funding for American Cities Rebuilding is provided by Prudential Financial. Additional support provided by J.P. Morgan Chase, MCJ Amelior Foundation, PhRMA, PSEG, Bank of America, NJ American Water, New Jersey Children’s Foundation, Rutgers University Foundation, Panasonic and University Hospital.